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Going Wild at IMPAC4 in Chile

September 8, 2017

By Serge Dedina, Executive Director WILDCOAST has the opportunity to participate in the 4th Annual International Marine Protected Area Congress in La Serena, Chile. Given, Chile’s recent globally important record of creating vast marine reserves including new ones just off of Rapa Nui and Southern Patagonia, there wasn’t a more appropriate location. There were participants […]

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Get to know your neighbors: Western Sand Dollar

August 17, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium I am the western sand dollar, scientifically known as Dendraster excentricus. Contrary to popular belief, I am neither a rock nor a shell but an actual living animal! I am probably what comes to mind when you picture a sand dollar but just like many organisms, we come […]

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Good Snorkeling and SCUBA Practices in Coral Reefs

August 15, 2017

Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. They take up less than 0.1% of the Earth’s surface and provide food and shelter to 25% of all marine species1. Corals act as a buffer for shoreline communities from storms, provide important sources for food, livelihood and even medicines. In fact, coral […]

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ocean | U.S.-Mexico Border

Stand Up for Clean Water Now!

August 9, 2017

ACTION ALERT! Calling All San Diego County Residents, Stand Up for Water Quality and Working Families! For decades, South San Diego beaches have been pummeled by cross-border sewage infested pollution, causing hard working families and children to get sick from playing in dirty water. For many, the beach is one of very few free recreational […]

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Responsible Whale Shark Tourism in Mexico

July 20, 2017

Ralph Lee Hopkins The whale shark (Rhinocodon typus) is an extremely large, slow-moving, filter feeding, carpet shark and the world’s second largest fish. Despite their size (equivalent to a school bus when fully mature), whale sharks’ diet consists mainly of planktonic organisms, to which they open their large mouths and filter the tiny organisms floating […]

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Marine Protected Areas

Exploring San Diego MPAs!

July 17, 2017

By WILDCOAST MPA Intern Maria Esther Diaz. Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying WILDCOAST on two of its #ExploretheCoast programs. WILDCOAST coordinated with San Diego’s Outdoor Outreach to bring groups of middle and high school students to the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve. As is common amongst people in San Diego, the students did […]

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WILDCOAST and the Philippines’ Collaborate for Ocean Conservation

July 17, 2017

One of over 7,000 islands in the Philippines. Last week I departed on a two-week journey to the Philippines to help facilitate an intensive training with the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Agency for International Development to enhance the Philippines marine protected area network. Based […]

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Baja California | ocean

Get to know your neighbors: Bat rays!

June 27, 2017

I am a relative of the shark, look like a bat, and swim like a bird flies. I am the myliobatis californica, commonly known as the bat ray. I like to live a life of solitude, hidden in muddy, coastal bottoms or enjoying the bustling life of kelp beds and rocky-bottomed shorelines, from as north […]

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Wildlands

The Wildlife of Valle de los Cirios

June 23, 2017

Last May, WILDCOAST staff and interns took a trip to our private wilderness reserve, the Valle de los Cirios Natural Protected Area. In addition to surveying the protected properties, biological information was collected with “game-cams”. The cameras were installed last year and have been an efficient tool used to document the presence of wild animals while […]

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California | ocean

Learning About Marine Ecology First-Hand.

May 24, 2017

By Allie Welch, student from Mar Vista High School’s Poseidon Academy. Earlier this month, I was part of a small group from Mar Vista’s Poseidon Academy, that took part in WILDCOAST’s Floating Laboratories off the coast of La Jolla.  Upon arrival, students are broken up into three groups; water, plankton, and fish identification. Once we […]

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